Marlen Reusser has extended her contract with Team SD Worx by one year. In the Olympic year 2024, the 31-year-old Swiss rider will defend the colours of the Dutch WorldTour team for the third consecutive time. Her 2024 season will largely be focused on the individual time trial at the Olympic Games in Paris.
Reusser looks back on her switch to Team SD Worx in 2021 with great satisfaction. In her first season in the team of sports manager Danny Stam, she immediately managed to win the gravel stage in the Tour de France Femmes. That year, she also became European time trial champion for the second time, while also finishing third in this discipline at the World Championships in Wollongong. Last spring, she showed her strength in the Classics with a stunning win in Gent-Wevelgem.
Reusser had no doubts about extending her contract with Team SD Worx: “I am enjoying myself in this team. I am still learning here how to perform better. In the races we really race as a team, while in the preparation for the races we build that team spirit. It is precisely by always racing as a team that we often make the difference. Furthermore, in terms of racing style, I have learned a lot in the last year and a half. It was therefore my wish to continue with Team SD Worx in the important year 2024 for me.”
“We are very satisfied with Marlen,” said Danny Stam. “It is nice to see how she is developing in the Classics. She has made steps in this field as well by improving tactically. Besides her own win in Gent-Wevelgem, she has also had a big part in the team’s successes in the other classics this spring. Next year, after the classic spring, Marlen can focus completely on the time trial. We will support her optimally in this.”
Reusser confirms that the Olympics in Paris are an important goal for her. “After the spring I am going to concentrate completely on the time trial. First, there is the Olympic time trial in Paris. Then I will focus on the time trial at the World Championships that will take place in my home country of Switzerland in Zurich in September. Those are going to be two major goals. I am also happy to face those challenges in the time trials with Specialized, because I have a very good feeling on those bikes.”